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  1. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon

    summary, synopsis, or blurb?

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by mammamaia, May 2, 2014.

    since there is so often much confusion over these three similar forms, this should help:

    a 'query' is a business letter asking to have your ms considered for representation [by agents] or publication [by publishing houses]... the second paragraph of three in the letter would be a 'summary' of the book’s plot/storyline... the summary should lay out what happens in the book... it should not be a 'tease' but should be written in such a compelling way that the agent/publisher will want to read the ms, or at least some sample chapters...

    a 'synopsis' is a much more detailed rundown of the book's contents than the summary... many agents/publishers will request a short [1 page] or medium [2-5 pages] synopsis, if the query letter interests them, but only rarely will one want a long [6-10 pages], so you should have both a short and a medium synopsis written, polished and ready to submit, before querying...

    a 'blurb' is what you find on the jacket flap or back cover of a novel that is meant to entice browsers to buy/read the book... unlike the query summary or the synopsis, this is definitely meant to be a tease...

    [mods: worth stickying?]
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